Agreement inked for equal airfare for foreigners and Nepalis

Published On: February 23, 2022 04:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 23: The Tourism Revitalization Steering Committee has inked an agreement with Buddha Airlines Pvt Ltd and Yeti Airlines to provide a discount in the airfare to foreign tourists as Nepal is attracting more and more external tourists.

The Committee formed under the chairmanship of Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Prem Bahadur Ale entered the agreement with the private airlines to ensure a concession in the domestic airfare for foreigners.

Foreigners traveling by air within Nepal had been paying nearly double the fare that Nepalis paid for air tickets for the domestic routes due to the policy.

There were growing grievances among the foreigners traveling in Nepal that they were charged more than the locals for airfare and they should be charged the same rate as the Nepalis. The policy was introduced by the then Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation.

Likewise, the Hotel Association of Nepal decided to provide foreign tourists with a discount of up to 20 percent in hotel rooms in a bid to revive the tourism hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Committee Coordinator Rajaram Giri shared, 'We have inked an agreement with two private airlines to offer a discount to foreigners in airfare. We have taken forward the same proposal with other private airlines too and they are positive about it too.”

Furthermore, the Committee has appealed to the agencies concerned to coordinate and collaborate with the stakeholders to identify new prospects for the tourism sector and enable an investment-friendly atmosphere in this sector. 

The Committee has requested the COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) to simplify and amend the travel criteria put in place by the government for the passengers traveling in and out of Nepal, considering the decreasing rate of COVID-19 infection in the country and around the world.


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